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March 4, 2014 – KHON TV news

Electronic cigarettes growing among youth, not illegal

T01The electronic cigarette business has boomed over the last few years, but the popular alternative to regular cigarettes is landing in the wrong hands.

Retailers claim e-cigarettes are healthier for smokers because they don’t contain some of the chemicals that regular cigarettes do. You can smoke different flavors and still get a nicotine fix.

But now, KHON2 has uncovered alarming reports that kids as young as seven years old have been caught smoking e-cigs. While it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to buy e-cigs, it’s not illegal for underage kids to smoke them. Children who get their hands on e-cigs can actually use them without getting in trouble…[news video]

February 27, 2014 – Honolulu Star-Advertiser editorial

Ban smoking at all UH campuses

After all, our public educational institutions are more than mere state agencies. They are models for our youth. Tobacco use is the single-largest preventable cause of disease and death in Hawaii, according to the state Department of Health. Clearly, the model we should encourage is tobacco-free.

This is all the more important knowing that 95 percent of smokers acquire the habit by age 21, according to the National Cancer Institute, which reports that adolescents and young adults are more likely to use tobacco than older people because they are more willing to take risks, are more influenced by social pressure and are highly susceptible to advertising… [full editorial]

January 27, 2014 – Honolulu Star-Advertiser editorial

Keep cigarettes off all our beaches

Hawaii’s beaches rank high on the list of the state’s finest assets, which is why community leaders here are right to rail against treating them like ashtrays. Smoking represents a threat to public health and, when cigarette refuse is lapped up in the waves, a poison for marine life.


The instinct to safeguard the shoreline has produced smoking bans at Oahu and Hawaii island beach parks. But much more needs to be done, and soon, with the advent of new tourism markets being tapped in China and other countries where smoking is even more prevalent than it is here.

Until Friday, the efforts had included a proposal before the state Legislature for a ban encompassing all beaches in the islands.

House Bill 325 got its first hearing last week before the House Water and Land Committee and the Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs.

The measure was killed, and unless there’s an extraordinary effort to revive the issue, Hawaii will have to wait at least another year to take this bold policy step…[full editorial]

January 1, 2014 – KITV News

New Year, New Smoking Bans in Effect

A new smoking ban goes into effect on Oahu on January 1st, making it illegal to smoke in all Honolulu city parks.

December 20, 2013 – KITV News

Electronic cigarettes banned from all Health Department properties

Beginning January 1st Electronic cigarette users cannot puff in Department of Health properties or premises occupied by its employees.

December 11, 2013 – Honolulu Star Advertiser

Aloha State returns to top of health rankings

Hawaii is the healthiest state in the nation, while Mississippi brings up the rear, according to the 2013 America’s Health Rankings released today.

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The 50th state has consistently ranked near the top in the long-running index issued by United Health Foundation, which provides a comprehensive look at the well-being of each state. Hawaii placed second last year and third the year before…

Relatively low rates of smoking and obesity in the islands and high rates of health coverage and childhood immunization helped lift Hawaii to the top of the list… [full article]

November 21, 2013 – Hawaii News Now

Big Island bans tobacco sales to under 21

21 HNN smallThe Big Island will become the first county in the state to ban sales of tobacco products to anyone 21 and under.

The county council unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that makes it illegal for retailers to market cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes or other tobacco products to anyone under the legal drinking age.

Only three other cities in the country have approved a 21 and under tobacco sales ban.

“This is a historic bill,” said Big Island Councilman Dru Kanuha, who authored the bill…[news video]

September 26, 2013 – KHON2 News

Hawaii’s AG (Attorney General) joins push to regulate e-cigarette use

Should e-cigarettes be treated the same as tobacco products when it comes to where they can be used, and even how they’re advertised? Hawaii’s Attorney General is joining the push to make that happen.

June 27, 2013 – KITV News

There is now an age limit to purchase an electronic cigarette in Hawaii

A new law takes effect on Thursday. There is now an age limit in Hawaii to purchase an electronic cigarette.

May 6, 2013 – Honolulu Star Advertiser

Public Housing Smoking Ban Underway

Bldg No smokeTenants caught smoking three times or more in apartments or common areas at any of the state’s 85 public housing properties could be evicted under a tough new smoking ban effective this month.

While each project will have at least one designated smoking area, the plan is drawing resistance from some residents, who say it is overly broad and especially difficult for the elderly, disabled and mentally ill.

The ban, modeled after policies at public housing authorities on the mainland, extends to smoking of medical marijuana… [full article]

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Phone: (808) 586-4613 / Fax: (808) 586-8252